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  • The Construction of a High-Performance Home: Week 12

    An air tight barrier in a high performance home is critical to making the home perform at a high level of energy efficiency. To ensure that we are meeting our own expectations for air tightness, I perform a blower door test on the house at least once during construction to identify areas that could use a little extra attention before the house is 100 percent completed. Once the house i...

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  • The Construction of a High-Performance Home: Week 11

    I have this dream that I will one day live in a high-performance home. It’s hard not to want to when you are involved with building them each day. Super tight construction, high levels of insulation, largely maintenance free, and inexpensive to heat and cool! Who wouldn’t want that?

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  • The Construction of a High-Performance Home: Week 10

    Week ten was one of those weeks where it would be difficult to notice how much work was accomplished on this high performance home if you hadn’t been on site all week to see firsthand. These are the times when the crew loves it when I show up and say, “what have you guys been doing all week?” It’s best to temper unwarranted comments such as this with food, I have learned. It doesn’t me...

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  • Why Build a High-Performance Home?

    If you’re thinking of building a high-performance home, and you want the best “bang for your bucket of bucks,” prudence suggests that you consider the advantages of going high-tech, even perhaps aiming for a net-zero home. “Net-zero” describes a home in which the renewable energy sources that are incorporated into the design produce the equivalent of (or more than) the energy consumed ...

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  • The Construction of a High-Performance Home: Week 9

    With insulation planned for the coming week, the crew has turned their attention to preparing the air barrier on the exterior walls of this high-performance home. The air barrier, which is Intello Plus Membrane, is stapled to the studs on the exterior wall and will hold back the dense packed cellulose insulation. Three-quarter-inch strapping, as seen on the ceiling and walls in the pho...

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  • The Construction of a High Performance Home: Week 7

    Hey now! Despite the blizzard of the century, perhaps even the history of the universe, great progress was made on the project last week. The windows were delivered to the site the day after the storm, before we even had a chance to dig out and were all in their final resting place by noon on Friday. The interior framing is 98.37% completed and this high performance home is ready for p...

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  • The Construction of a High Performance Home: Week 6

    With the roof framing completed and the waterproof membrane in place, the focus has turned to finishing the interior framing so the electricians and plumbers can move in and begin their work. Once that’s completed, the crew will move back outside and complete a few minor framing items, like the two car garage.  

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  • Affordable Zero Energy Homes:Intersection of Exterior Wall & Rafter

    As we continue with our discussion about (affordable zero energy homes) and High Performance Construction Methods, our subject for today’s blog will focus on a very important connection point where double-stud exterior walls intersect with the roof system. Here is where a lot of energy treatments must be installed correctly. Unfortunately, the temptation for many builders is to get the...

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  • The Construction of a High Performance Home: Week 5

    The completion of week five leaves us with a partially finished roof system and the garage concrete not yet poured. The roof trusses, which were dropped off Monday morning, had to be set by hand (mostly) because the crane could not be on site long enough thanks to the load limits on the roads. I’ve beat the load limit topic to death, so I don’t need to expand on that any more. The gara...

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  • Affordable Zero Energy Homes: Is Balloon Framing making a comeback?

    I grew up in a big old house on Main Street in the historic section of Windsor, VT. It was four stories high on the backside. I’m not sure what type of architectural style to call it. Some would say that it was just a large vintage New England home with wrap around porches, high ceilings, and a rather huge, slate-covered, mansard roof that was punctured by dormers on three sides, makin...

  • The Construction of a High Performance Home: Week 3

    Weather is a fickle thing. One minute it’s snowing, and the next minute it’s snowing again. Then, just like that, it starts snowing again. This week, we received over eighteen inches of snow, which buried our hopes and production expectations for the week. Nevertheless, when I left the site Friday afternoon, the concrete was being poured into the insulated concrete forms that make up t...

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  • The Construction of a High Performance Home: Week 2

    Winter has returned with a vengeance, which only adds to my already growing disdain for it. February is the worst. Next month, March will be the worst.

  • Affordable Zero Energy Homes: Exterior Wall Assembly

    To keep any house affordable, efficiency during the construction process is key. A high-performance wall assembly is no exception. There are multiple ways to construct a high-performance wall, but which one makes the most sense from a cost standpoint when building an affordable zero energy home?

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  • The Construction of a High Performance Home: Week 1

    I used to like winter; the deep snow, the cold, and the fun that came with it. Sure, I could still find ways to make it fun if I wanted to, but there isn’t much fun about winter in Vermont as it relates to work, especially construction. I don’t spend much time in the field anymore, so at least I don’t have to deal with working in the elements that way. I just have to plan for changing ...

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  • Underslab Solutions for Affordable Zero Energy Homes, Part 3

    The question isn’t so much, “How can we save money and still get an affordable zero energy home, but “where” can we save money?” Since we start building with a foundation, then it’s logical that the cost of a foundation is a good first place to start looking for places to save money. This blog will focus on the many details and considerations we encounter when building a zero energy ho...

  • Affordable Zero Energy Homes at Southscape in Wilder, VT, Part 2

    In the not-too-distant past, not enough attention was paid to the slab. The foundation hole was dug and leveled, and then four to six inches of concrete we poured into the forms. Some builders still take a similar approach to the slab (especially what is under it). But concrete slabs aren’t like carpet. Once concrete is poured, there’s no easy way to take corrective action. If struc...

  • Affordable Zero Energy Homes at Southscape in Wilder, VT, Part 1

    One of the biggest challenges that builders in the Northeast face is the high cost of construction. Part of the challenge is just finding an affordable south facing land that has a good source of water, power nearby, and friendly soils that can support a septic system and allow for a foundation without blasting and installing lots of retaining walls. We are quickly running out of re...

  • The Monster is the House

    Just after Christmas, the cold snap arrived, just as predicted by The Old Farmer’s Almanac. At first, the man wasn’t too concerned. The oil tank was full, he had managed to split and stack quite a lot of poplar. The first night wasn’t so bad; the big thermometer on the tree outside registering just a little below zero. The wind wasn’t blowing, so it was just a little colder than an ...

  • The Prudent Living Train Diorama is a Museum Work of Art

    by Guest Blogger: Larry Huot The Prudent Living Train is a Museum Work of Art with the unbelievable attention to detail in so many different interesting, historical, and educational ways. The multiple trains that operate at a press of the button for every child and every age get the action started. The engines that pull the winding trains thru countryside and cities are recognizab...

  • All Aboard The Prudent Living Train

      In 2013, Prudent Living Inc. (PLI) opened its Educational Train Display, measuring 24 feet by nearly 45 feet, at LaValleys Building Supply at Rte. 12-A, Colonial Plaza, West Lebanon, NH (open Monday through Saturday). The theme of the diorama, which took a team seven months to build, is: “How America Makes Energy and How We Use It.” The project’s goal is to connect an educationa...

  • What is a Prudent Living Net Zero Energy Home?

      Prudent Living was incorporated in 2009, but it feels like it could have happened this morning. It amazes me how much we have changed and how fast it’s happened; almost as if I got into a DeLorean on my way to work this morning and punched in the year 2013. Does time really go by that fast or did I get transported into the future without knowing it? It hasn’t always seemed to g...

  • Your New Net Zero Energy Custom Home Won’t Make You Sick

    I asked my Dad to create the blog for this week. Here’s what he had to say: The notion that a house can become sick has always interested me. I have seen five-year-old houses that were so sick that they had to be torn down. It was a very sad situation where an older builder, who was very proficient at installing studs and plywood, trusses and shingles, failed to keep up with the t...

  • 4 Reasons Why You Should Let Us Build A Custom Zero Energy Home, pt4

    Reason 4: Your Home Will Pay You Back Over Time Over the span of a thirty-year mortgage, your operational savings could be as high as $200,000.00, compared to an identical house built to minimum energy codes at the same time. Sustainable strategies really do make a difference! Yes, there might be an initial 10 percent difference in building cost, due to the high tech, high perf...

Prudent Living, Inc

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Generated 7 months ago

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  • Never Too Old!

    Paul Biebel, president of Biebel Builders and Prudent Living, Inc. has been honored by the Governor's Commission on Successful Aging.  A special review team comprised of private sector representatives, state government, mature workers and commission members reviewed numerous applications submitted for consideration for a Governor's Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Wor...

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  • 6 Reasons Why We Love to Build High Performance / Net Zero Custom Homes

    We love doing what we do, especially since it helps you immediately, and it will keep on helping you, and those you care about, on into the future as far as anyone can see! Because your new high performance / net zero custom home will make you more energy- independent from the day you move in. Even if energy prices rise, your wallet will not suffer. In fact, you may gain as electri...

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